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Messeschmitt Bf. 109F-4 - Egypt 1942 - FINISHED!


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On to the final steps...

 

I started off my Friday evening by slathering the clear sprue in my off-brand Future/Pledge/Non-Descript-Acrylic-Floor-Gloss. I left that to dry while I ran my kids to music lessons (9 year old son Violin, 7 year old daughter Piano). After returning from that, and doing the Mr Mom thing for a few more hours, I finally got the creatures in bed and sat down at the modeling table. First was finally committing to making the as-yet-unkown Jabo stencil on the fuselage sides below the cockpit. I made a tiny circle mask out of Tamiya tape and commenced to hand painting the stencil with a brand new tiny bristle brush. Thankfully, the one on the actual aircraft is hardly detailed, so I didn't have to suffer too much...

 

53385362126_21d37ac437_h.jpg0-14 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr

 

53385362121_e0e8c235c4_h.jpg0-13 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr 

 

The clear canopy bits were then cut off the sprue and fitted to the model. A slight bit of sanding was required, but not much to get it perfect:

 

53385362116_f86218ee32_h.jpg0-15 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr

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Then came masking the canopy using the kit-supplied yellow-tape masks and some additional Tamiya tape for the insides:

 

53385802500_089753e9c9_h.jpg0-16 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr

 

A spray of RML66:

 

53384445752_27c8a4f3e8_h.jpg0-17 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr

 

Followed by RLM79. While this was drying, I too the time to paint the gunsight, still on the sprue:

 

53385362101_f9362247ae_h.jpg0-18 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr

 

And finally, the masks removed, the gunsight and canopy parts were glued in place:

 

53385802530_9f4b3444ea_h.jpg0-19 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr

 

Our pilot need only await aerials, navigation lights, and a few spots of touch-up before joining his steed in the diorama:

 

53385362096_7d9377626e_h.jpg0-20 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr

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Done...

 

53386245147_466e80b30e_h.jpg0-26 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr

 

53387349188_2e9ee12597_h.jpg0-29 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr

 

53386245107_689334ce7f_h.jpg0-33 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr

 

53387471944_b57a5edd33_h.jpg0-34 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr

 

53355723735_b4c5302fbb_k.jpg7IIIJG27-1 by Evan Bailly, on Flickr

 

I'll get the diorama base finished up in an evening or two and get some pictures over to the GB gallery thereafter.

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I can only echo what Gerard and James have said, that is one stunning 109 that just looks so real. The standard of build has been superb from start to finish including the paintwork and weathering. I too am really looking forward to the finished diorama as both this and your Kubelwagen and figure are superb and will complement each other perfectly.

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  • RainierHooker changed the title to Messeschmitt Bf. 109F-4 - Egypt 1942 - FINISHED!

That is utterly superb! The models are fantastic in their own rights, but adding them to the diorama has made them significantly better. I really like the work on the base, as well as the composition of the scene. Marvellous work :clap2:

 

James

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What a fantastic result!

As James said the individual elements are really good on their own but with them put together and displayed on your excellent diorama then the effect is just superb. Everything has been done to an extremely high standard and it all ties together very nicely indeed. I also like the fact that you have explained everything that you have done and how the materials you have used behaved.

Thank you for having taken part in the GB and very well done on producing such excellent models and diorama.

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Beautifully done. Really excellent had a look through the whole thread and was interesting to see. I know you mentioned it much earlier but good to know about the ak chipping fluid. I’m using hairspray for his technique and wondered weather the pro stuff was worth a go but seems like I’m better sticking with the usual hairspray. Your kubelwagan, diorama and 109 all look most excellent!

Paul

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This is brilliant. The aircraft, vehicle, figures and setting are first rate 👏👏👏 could pass for 1/48 or even 1/32 with the fine details and superb paintwork.

 

Fantastic work 👍

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